Author Name: Avon Gale
Book Name: Power Play
Series: Scoring Chances
This book can be read as a standalone
Release Date: May 9, 2016
A freak accident during the Stanley Cup Playoffs put an end to Max Ashford’s hockey career. Despite everything, Max gets back into the game he loves—only this time, behind the bench as an assistant coach of the Spartanburg Spitfires, the worst team in the entire league. But nothing prepares him for the shock when he learns the new head coach is Misha Samarin, the man who caused Max’s accident.
After spending guilt-ridden years for his part in Max’s accident, Russian native Misha Samarin has no idea what to do when he’s confronted with Max’s presence. Max’s optimism plays havoc with Misha’s equilibrium—as does the fierce attraction that springs up between them.
Not only must they navigate Misha’s remorse and a past he’s spent a lifetime to forget, but also a sleazy GM determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets the team, Misha revisits his darkest days, which might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.
Pages or Words: 240 pages
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction
“I’d never watched this, you know.”
“The YouTube video?” Misha had seen that too. It was filed with angry commenters yelling that he should be deported back to Russia.
Misha blinked. “You’ve seen the commercial, though. Yes?”
“Yeah, I wish I could say I haven’t seen that. But I meant, I didn’t watch this until a few months ago. They played that game on the NHL channel, so I watched it.”
It never occurred to Misha that Max wouldn’t have seen it, but then he remembered that Max was the hero, not the villain of the story. Misha watched the hit play out on the screen. What must that feel like, to watch the moment it all ended? When Max hit the ice, did he know that game was his last? Did Misha know it was his? How had he felt? He couldn’t remember.
The scene switched to the replay. Misha watched dispassionately, retreated into the blinding pain of his migraine, and told himself that it was all right to suffer, that he should, that he deserved it.
Max paused the video. “Look. See what I have there?”
Misha blinked. He had not expected questions. “I—what?”
“The puck, Misha. The puck. Your hit wasn’t late.”
Oh. “Yes. I know.”
Max stared at him. On the television screen, their younger selves were suspended at the moment everything changed.
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A: Self-editing drafts! I hate it! I usually write very quickly but that means a lot of drafts, and for some reason that part is like pulling teeth for me.
Q: As an author, is there one subject you would never write about? What would it be?
A: I’ve learned never to say never, LOL!
Q: When did you first realize you wanted to write?
A: I’ve been writing since I first figured out how. I have boxes of notebooks with half-finished stories in them from my grade school – high school years. A lot of them are vaguely based on The Phantom of the Opera musical, which I was obsessed with around 14/15 (that would have been 1991/1992).
Q: How long did it take to write your book?
A: I started it in January of 2015, and submitted it for publication in October 2015. I didn’t work on it concurrently for all of that time, though – I tend to start things and switch back-and-forth between projects.
Q: For Fun: Where is one place you’d like to visit you haven’t been before?
A: Japan! But really, I’d love to go anywhere. I’m always up for an adventure 😀
Meet the author:
Avon Gale was once the mayor on Foursquare of Jazzercise and Lollicup, which should tell you all you need to know about her as a person. She likes road trips, rock concerts, drinking Kentucky bourbon and yelling at hockey. She’s a displaced southerner living in a liberal midwestern college town, and when she’s not writing you can find her at the salon, making her clients look and feel fabulous. She never gets tired of people and their stories — either real or the ones she makes up in her head.
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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
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